Forensic Mental Health Counseling

A two-year, full-time, 60 credit-hour program, the Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling is designed for students who wish to provide mental health services in forensic or legal settings. Rooted in clinical practice, this program provides students with more than 200 hours of practicum work and 600 hours of internship experience. The Program also provides the appropriate foundation for future doctoral study in a Psy.D. program.​

Application Deadline March 1 - Apply Now



The Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Counseling seeks to:

  • Prepare graduate students for careers as master's level mental health counselors in forensic settings
  • Prepare graduate students for further academic training at the doctoral level (Psy.D.) in applied, clinical, experimental, or legal psychology
  • Provide students with training in the areas of clinical assessment and intervention
  • Provide students with internship/practicum experiences that will promote and develop professional skills in clinical forensic psychology

The Forensic Mental Health Counseling program is designed to provide the necessary coursework and professional hours to fulfill state licensure requirements for students to obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) designation. The Program allows for approved course substitutions as necessary to allow students to fulfill specific state licensure requirements.   

Looking for the M.A. Forensic & Legal Psychology Ph.D. preparation program?

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Graduates of the program typically seek employment as mental health counselors or pursue study at the doctoral level, most commonly in Psy.D. programs.  

Employers of our Graduates
Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital (IL)MA Department of Children and Families
Arbour-Fuller Hospital (MA)Massachusetts Treatment Center
Central New York Psychiatric CenterMetropolitan Police Department of DC
Danville Police Department (CT)Michigan Attorney General's Office - Criminal Division
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health (PA)Newport County Community Mental Health Center (RI)
Joseph J. Peters Institute (PA)Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Justice Resource Institute (MA)Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc. (NH)
Lifespan (RI)South Bay Mental Health Center (MA)
Doctoral Programs
Alliant International University (Psy.D.)Regent University (Psy.D.)
Antioch University (Psy.D.)Spaulding University (Psy.D.)
LaSalle University (Psy.D.)University of Denver (Psy.D.)
Nova Southeastern University (Psy.D.)William James College (Psy.D.)
Pacific University (Psy.D.) 


Open Houses

Join us to learn more about your program, the admission process, and financial aid at these informative events with faculty and Graduate Admission staff.

Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
Graduate Open House

Join us online to hear about admissions and financial aid, meet with faculty and students from the Architecture program, and more.

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Virtual Information Sessions

Short on time or just want to learn more about us from the comfort of your home, school, or office? Join us for a Virtual Information Session.

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Considering a career in forensic psychology? Learn more about the forensic psychology field, job opportunities, necessary education, and more in this informative session. The first portion of the session will focus on discussing forensic psychology and the second portion will focus on the graduate school application process, advice for application materials, and discussion of finding the right "fit" in your graduate program search.

Watch the recording of our latest session:

In the fall of 2020, we provided a series of expert lectures spanning a number of topics in forensic and legal psychology:

  • Topics in Legal Psychology: How Jurors Think About the Death Penalty: A Cognitive and Affective Paradigm and Investigative Eyewitness Procedures: Safeguards for Law Enforcement to Reduce Erroneous Convictions Due to Mistaken Identification
  • A Qualitative Analysis of Adults Who Committed Murder as an Adolescent: Implications for Post-Miller Hearings
  • Hegemonic Masculinity: Impact on Sexual Aggression and Intervention Strategies

Access the Recordings

Application Requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Criminal Justice, or related field, and must have satisfactorily completed undergraduate courses in Statistics and Research Methods. To apply, students must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  1. Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  3. Letter of Intent (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in Forensic Mental Health Counseling, career goals and how you can positively contribute to the graduate program at Roger Williams University
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school. All three letters should come from academic sources (professors) who can speak to your performance in the classroom. One letter may come from an internship supervisor or employer, if appropriate. You should select recommenders who know you well, can speak about your character and work ethic, and can attest to your ability to handle graduate level coursework. Recommendation letters should not be submitted from personal friends or family members. 
  5. If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results

Application Deadlines:

February 1st - Priority Scholarship Consideration Deadline
March 1st - General Application Deadline (2022)

International applicants should also read through this page for additional requirements.

Where appropriate, documents should be submitted online through the applicant portal or via email to Any official documents that must be mailed (i.e. transcripts) should be sent directly to:

Office of Graduate Admission
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809

Have questions about the application process? Read the application instructions from the Office of Graduate Admission.

Morgan Branco stands in front of palm leaves

A Passion for Forensic Psychology

Morgan Branco, RWU Class of 2018
Forensic Mental Health Counseling

Morgan Branco graduated from RWU in 2018 with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology in the Forensic Licensure track (currently the M.A. Forensic Mental Health Counseling program). Now, she is in her third year of the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University. She is studying to be a forensic psychologist, and hopes to work in assessment and evaluation upon her graduation.

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Graduates in Forensic Mental Health Counseling are able to:

  • Expertly administer and interpret the WAIS-IV and WISC-IV and their protocols as well as the MMPI-2 and other personality inventories
  • Conduct and write up initial clinical interviews, Mental Status Examinations and compile complete client social history
  • Provide and initial case conceptualization with case write-up and proposed treatment plan
  • Operate effectively in a group design form of treatment
  • Provide psycho-educational services in areas of expertise


  • Delivery Method: In-Class
  • Start Term: Fall only
  • Course Load: Full-time only
  • Tuition: $1018/credit (Fall 2021 - 60 credits)
  • Admission Deadline: February 1st for priority scholarship consideration; February 15th general deadline